The Cervantes Route
Alcalá de Henares, the place where everything began, the home town of one of Spain’s greatest writers: Miguel de Cervantes. For a total immersion in the world of Cervantes, this tour follows the footsteps of this towering literary figure through the places that were most important to him in life, and for the publication of his works. Welcome to the city where Cervantes was born, and where he found his inspiration!The Cervantes Route begins at the former parish church of Santa María, better known as Capilla del Oidor, where the author of Don Quixote was baptised in 1547, and which is now the Los Universos de Cervantes Visitors’ Centre. Next up, in the university quarter, is the Colegio de Teólogos de la Madre de Dios, formerly one of the most important theological colleges of its time, where the first proofs of Don Quixote were approved. A short walk brings you to the square named after the writer, and where the townspeople paid homage to him with the imposing statue of Cervantes that proudly surveys locals and visitors alike.